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Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2011
A moving and entertaining film. A Simple Twist of Fate, nevertheless is not the best of Steve Martin.
Super Reviewer
November 2, 2009
This movie is about a man named Michael McCann (Steve Martin) who lives a lonely simple life. That is, until he finds an abandoned little girl on his doorstep. From there he goes on to adopt the young girl. But a custody battle erupts a couple years later. But of course it turns into a battle of money, which McCann doesn't have a lot of.
This movie was very heart warming. Not a comedy as most films done by Martin. He plays a dramatic role,and it is refreshing. Loved this movie. Pulls on the heart strings. It shows you that any man can be a loving father to a child without actually being related. The little girl in this movie was so cute, and was such great little actress.
Definitely a movie to see.
Super Reviewer
½ March 30, 2007
Steve Martin makes a wonderful performance in this effective tale of a man who all but cuts himself off from the world after he discovers that the child his wife is about to have is not his. Then, a baby is left on his doorstep.
Super Reviewer
July 14, 2007
Get the tissues out. Heart warming movie.
Super Reviewer
½ October 17, 2006
So cute.
Super Reviewer
December 16, 2007
A great film! Very touching.
January 11, 2007
One of Martin's best. I didn't think Martin could go beyond comedy but he suprised me. This is a very touching and beautiful story about what makes someone a real father.
May 16, 2007
This film went right to video. This is a sleeper. A very touching performance by Martin here. Watch this film.
½ October 14, 2006
Very sweet and lovable movie. Steve Martin was great! Heartwarming and touching movie. Favorite scene is the courtroom scene where Matilda faked crying, she was so cute.
April 21, 2015
Big story with a little script.
½ December 17, 2014
It's a sappy fairytale for sure, and yet, Martin's little tale of family and love is still endearing enough to get by. A generally warm tone, strong performances, especially from the youngest actresses, and even some very relatable family escapades hit a sweet spot even if the logic can be a little thin.
Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2011
A moving and entertaining film. A Simple Twist of Fate, nevertheless is not the best of Steve Martin.
May 21, 2013
Kind of like a male inversion of 'Baby Boom'. It's less pedestrian and far more ambitious but it's also considerably more flawed and inconsistent. However, its heart is so earnestly in the right place with nothing but the best intentions making it far easier to swallow.
June 19, 2013
While giving a character-breaking performance, Steve Martin's less-than-experienced writing ultimately dooms 'A Simple Twist of Fate' to mediocrity. Featuring a script full of holes and contrivances, it becomes less and less possible to overlook the faults in 'A Simple Twist of Fate' as the film progresses, despite being helmed by strong performances by Martin, Alana and Alyssa Austin.

Final Grade: C-
½ August 3, 2012
Steve Martin's character gets the ultimate test of time with Raising a daughter & and balancing father duties and other responsibilies. A Simple Twist of Fate is a must watch if you enjoy any 3 of the following things:
1. Comedies
2. Family friendly entertainment
3. Steve Martins wicked humor
It's always a treat to see Steve Martin, and once in a blue moon Steve will grace your with heart and genuinely unconditional love for family values.
June 22, 2012
one of my more favorite Martin perfoirmances, and it's sad that Alana Austin dind't fare better after this role. quirky, funny, touching, and at times absurd, but still a fun watch even years after seeing it in theaters.
August 7, 2011
a simple story but ultimately misses. the whole concept doesn't sit well and some of the undertones are quite dark
½ May 30, 2011
Michael McCann (Steve Martin) is just another regular guy until his very pregnant wife tells him he's not the father. Newly divorced and with his world pulled out from under him, he changes location and career, hiding out away from life, whiling away his time on the only things he still loves: woodworking, Bach, and his priceless collection of gold coins. He unwittingly becomes involved in the dirty little secrets of the local political family, the Newlands, when the black sheep brother Danny (Stephen Baldwin) robs McCann of his coin collection and then disappears. Meanwhile, the politically aspiring John Newland (Gabriel Byrne) is schmoozing at a party as his drug-addict girlfriend wanders out into the night to find him and freezes to death, leaving their infant daughter in the snow to be found by McCann. To everyone's surprise, he fights to keep her and become her adoptive father, and he excels at it. The years pass, and young Mathilda grows into a fine girl, which doesn't escape the notice of her biological father, who's been having trouble conceiving with his wife (Laura Linney). So Newland decides to re-claim her, and sues McCann for custody. McCann's friends try to help him, including antique store owner April Simon (Catherine O'Hara), but it looks like the Newlands are going to win Mathilda away, until a simple twist of fate intervenes.
Every time I see this, I have a sudden desire to read Silas Marner (on which the story is based) - which, of course, I never actually get around to, but maybe one of these days. This is one of those classic early 90s comedian as serious actor films, and it works. Written and produced by Steve Martin, you can see he valued the final product. The supporting cast is outstanding, and the story is poignant and has a beautiful natural arch that few films achieve.
Overall, a steady and moving portrayal of a father-daughter bond and the twists and turns that life throws us.
½ May 1, 2008
It's really fascinating to see all of the bad films Steve Martin has done. The script is weak and the humor mostly falls flat.
November 4, 2007
Not too bad of a film, Steve Martin tries and means well. It leans a bit on the sappy side and is really rather predictable. Catherine O'Hara does well in a supporting role.
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